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The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters #1)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  9,356 ratings  ·  517 reviews
After a near-fatal head injury, navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal off ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published June 6th 2000 by Ivy Books
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Mike (the Paladin)
AAAAAIIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!!! I bought this piece of #@*&%@#!

By the way...I need to make a new shelf...advertised as action but it ain't (okay maybe it should be 'isn't' but "ain't" has so much more, "punch".). The synopsis of this book gives us a stirring picture of an injured/ex Navy Seal who sees an international terrorist and can't get anyone to listen. So he forms his own force and goes after said terrorist.

In reality we get a great opening scene that seems to set up an action book that move
Jul 08, 2010 Julianna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Military Romantic Suspense, Suzanne Brockmann, The Troubleshooters Series
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"3.5 stars" For quite some time now, I've been seeing rave reviews for Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series, so I finally decided to pick up The Unsung Hero. Unfortunately, when I finished reading it, I was left with very mixed feelings about nearly every aspect of the book. Rather than being a romance in which there is one primary hero and heroine with secondary characters to support them, it felt like there was an ensemble cast. The book has three separate “love”
Disclaimer: This review is done by someone who does not LIKE romance novels. It's not that he is not romantic, but in black and white, it's just not his game.

Firstly, may I ask ANYONE to tell me what THIS synopsis promises?

"After a near-fatal head injury, navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate, last-ditch effort to
♡Karlyn P♡
Nov 19, 2008 ♡Karlyn P♡ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance suspense fans
A hard one to review as there were several story lines going on, but overall it was a very satisfying romance suspense novel with plenty of intrigue and interesting secondary characters. The main story centers around Tom and Kelly, who are reunited in their home town after 16 years.

What makes this book really good is the character development and the suspense storyline, but the romance itself is typical stuff with them getting to know each other again, a few small misunderstandings, and them de
Okay, I finished the book last night at about 10:30!

I loved this book after about page 150. I was a little slow at first. That may be b/c I have been reading a lot of Lora Leigh, girl doesn't waste any time, if ya know what I mean!

Very few books make me cry, but this one did. I love a book that stays with you for a while after you finish. Unsung Hero has managed to do just that! I cannot wait to get into the rest of the series.

Tom is a very likable hero with flaws. Kelly is a great character, w
This is a book, I only picked up because I read so many great things about it around Goodreads. And I'm so glad I did, because I loved it!

In "The Unsung Hero" you get pretty much three romances in the one book, that are all connected by an overall storyline.
The main romance is between Tom, a Navy SEAL lieutenant, who is visiting his hometown after an injury, and Kelly, a paediatrician. They pretty much grew up with each other and both had a massive crush on the other one but nothing ever really
This is a weak 4 stars for me because I was expecting better, but from what I’ve heard about the Troubleshooters series it’s the following books that tend to be the best. There’s nothing “wrong” with this story it’s just that it’s nearly all very predictable and the main hero wasn’t as “Navy SEAL” as alphas usually are. He’s much more vulnerable and not as strong as I’d have liked.

There are three stories within this novel and that was very confusing and annoying until just over halfway. There’s
Right, I’m going to be upfront and admit that I might have hate-read this, in which case I deserved every bit of readerly suffering I got. Well, I didn’t hate-read it, obviously, because I thought I’d like it before starting, but hate-finished sounds a bit odd.

I’m uncertain about whether to start with why I kept reading (the rational part) or why I hated it, but I think the former is probably preferable. Also shorter! Mostly I kept reading out of fascination for the suspense story-line, after t
This is my 2nd time reading/listening to this book, and I still love it! I think I've grown to love Tom even more, and although I like Kelly, I'm not entirely convinced she deserves him! There's actually three love stories involved, Tom and Kelly are the main couple. Tom's niece Mallory falls in love as well, with geeky but adorable David. And then the historical romance, something Brockmann is well known for putting in her books.

This time it's a three way between Tom's Uncle Joe, Kelly's dad Ch
Lisa Kay
4 stars. I must confess I liked it more that some people did. The flashback story to WWII didn’t bother me at all; in fact, I loved it! Go figure. I did expect a little more…of a climatic culmination at the end, but it was still very good. The love stories were excellent. ...more
Wicked Incognito Now
I have seen Suzanne Brockmann raved about all over the romblogland. However, every time I go to check out her books I think...Navy SEALS? Suspense/thrillers? Multiple story arcs within the novels? Super long series that I need to backtrack and start from the beginning?

Bleh. Not my cup of tea.

But one too many blogger, bloggers whose tastes are similar to my own, sang her praises so I decided to give this first novel in the Troubleshooters series a try......


Can Suzanne Brockmann tell a story
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Wendy F
I'm wavering between 3 and 4, so I'm going to go with 3.5. (Now, how to represent that in those little stars up there...)

This book contained so many little stories wrapped up in one. You had the friendship between Charles and Joe, which led to flashbacks of their time in WWII with a woman named Cybele. Than you had troubled Mallory and sweet David. And lastly, you had the main story between Tom and Kelly. Each story was a branch, that I think made a decent solid base for the book. The characters
This is the First of the Troubleshooters/SEAL tem 16 series.

Tom Paoletti is the CO of the SEAL team 16. After a rescue gone awry that resulted in him being a coma from head injuries, Tom is put on medical leave for 30 days. As he arrives home, he learns that his uncle is being honored as a WWII hero, he begins a romance with Kelly Ashton, the sexy doctor from next door and he catches glimpse of a long pursued,international terrorist known as The Merchant. Tom immediately alerts his superiors. Ho
Jan 28, 2010 Rossy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
Recommended to Rossy by: Mrs. Soule
I almost want to shake myself for waiting so long to start this series. Fantastic story and can't wait to start the next book. I almost wish i can call in sick to work and just continue reading, but at least i'll be able to pick up the rest of the books i don't have at my bookstore today.
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
An enjoyable first time read of Ms. Brockmann's Troublemaker series. A lovely romantic suspense with a cast of personable characters and a multitude of plots that provided an overall engaging storyline. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.
Quick summary
During a mission, Navy SEAL Tom Paoletti suffers a head injury that sidelines him. While recuperating at his New England hometown, he catches a glimpse of a notorious terrorist but no one believes him. See, Tom was the leader of SEAL Team 16 and no matter the injury, his instincts are stellar. He puts together a bare-bones team to help him figure out what's going on. In the meantime, he's also reconnecting with Kelly Ashton, his teenage crush and the woman who got away.

Why this book
Probably more a 4.5 star

This is the first RS I have read by Ms Brockmann and it definately won't be the last. I kept seeing all the good reviews of the series from people on here and thought they must be worth reading and as usual my GR friends did not send me astray - I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definately be reading more.

The only reason I didn't give this a 5 star is because I felt that it had too many sub stories in it. Don't get me wrong I did enjoy those stories but did feel tha
Michelle [Helen Geek]
I had a hard time - 3 or 3.5 stars and finally decided 3.5 stars.

This book was actually several stories wrapped together [not really, but this is what it seemed to me]. This book started out wonderfully. I was so excited and just knew I would have a 5 star read. What happened. Two things: 1) one story component got rather long winded and I got bored with it [tell you which one later] and 2) the H wasn't a bit of a pussy ... not Alpha enough.

Okay, the story lines I id'd:
1) Tom and Kelly. Their cu

"This Book Was My Buddy, My Pal for 2 days~I Love It! I dragged it EVERYWHERE and I'm so happy I did not earn any bruises while walking and reading at the same time~I just did not want to put it down~

The Book~

The book flows with 3 Love Affairs that intertwine to make one intriguing story and a really BEAUTIFUL ENDING~

The Love Affairs~ IMO

Tom & Kelly ~Sweet as all get out!
Mallory & David~Adorable!
Joe & Charles~ a Bond of
I rated only 3 but i like it.
Very good stories, I liked that are more stories in the book so it keeps you occupied.
I found few mistakes in writing that bother me so I am not sure is that printing mistake or writing but I hope that does not happened in the next books because I plan to read more of this series!
I have to say I liked how real characters are.First time that I read that male has going bald and she has lines on her faces.That was really nice surprise and glad they are not perfect as ch
A strong three stars.

I enjoyed this book, but I think my opinion of it suffered by the audio version. The narrator was nice to listen to and I liked his voice, but the pace was rather slow. I actually listened to the last third of it at double speed and only a very little of it felt rushed.

The story was quite enjoyable and I liked all of the characters. The side stories were as intriguing as the main one. It was a little confusing going back and forward in time like it did, but not too much. Ag
Gladys (glad4twilight)
So that was one hell of a hot sex in the closet scene! I gave it a 5 just for that, what a great book with an amazing ending. I really liked the characters and their storylines even though one story was a little vague and unimportant the main 2 storylines made up for it. The content of one of the stories was little silly at times but I really love her writing style and how she gets into her characters minds, she is also very funny and the way she describes her Navy Seals and their lingo is perfe ...more
Kris H.
I actually was a little bored with almost the first half of this book. Three romances are featured--one with the main protagonist, Tom, a Navy SEAL on leave after a traumatic head injury and his secret childhood love, Kelly. Another takes place in the past and features Tom's great uncle and Kelly's father and the woman both of them loved. The last, and in some ways, most compelling romance features Tom's neice, Mallory and comic book artist, geek, David. It was a slow build on all three relation ...more
Book #1 in this series.
I enjoyed this one. There are two romances building in this story. One between Mallory and David and the other between the "main characters" of Tom (SEAL) and Kelly (pediatrician). Also, there was a retelling of a romance gone bad from 1944 (WWII). There were a few places when the book kinda dragged for me, sometimes the shifting between stories was annoying.

But, I liked it well enough to continue reading this series...:-)

Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
What a pleasant surprise this book was! I only really picked it up because I needed a book starting with "U" for a challenge and I'm so glad I did.

On one level it is your garden variety romantic suspense with the added trope of second chance love. Where it excels is the three subplots woven skilfully together of past, present and future love with three generations of the Paoletti family, WWII veteran Joe, current Seal Tom and niece, wild child Mallory. Each romance is equally engaging and when
Many of my friends have recommended me this series but have warned me the first book isn’t as good. Now that I’ve read it (or really, listened to it) I get what they mean. There are other two love stories competing for time with the main characters’ relationship and I was more interested in the young couple than in the adults. I still enjoyed it though and I can definitely see Suzanne Brockmann’s talent.

Tom Paoletti is a Navy Seal on leave. He got seriously injured on the job and his superiors h
The Unsung Hero is a good book which had a few problems. The Ashton family and the Paoletti family have been linked since Joe Paoletti and Charles Ashton served together in occupied France during WW2. Tom Paoletti returns to his hometown where he runs headlong into Kelly Ashton the woman he loved and left many years earlier. She is recently divorced and looking to rekindle their relationship.
Perhaps the most interesting story in this book is that of Mallory Paoletti and David Sullivan. It's the
May 24, 2012 Xenos rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: best
After recently reading a number of Navy SEAL/Spec Ops books and always comparing them to Suzanne Brockmann's "Troubleshooters" series -- to which they inevitably came up short -- I started to wonder if I had been romanticizing about just how good Ms. Brockmann's novels actually were. They were, after all, my first Navy SEAL books. Did I just think they were great because they were my first? Was I just remembering them through rose-colored, night-vision goggles? Maybe these new SEAL/ ...more
Carrie (Rotten Banana)
This series is constantly being recommended to me and I finally took the plunge.

This was just ok for me. Perhaps it's because this is the first book in a series. Perhaps because it's an older published title. Perhaps it's just my crappy attitude.

I was looking for a little more military...a little more suspense. The suspense plot was over in about 10 pages and left me looking back and forth through the pages like "it's over?". The fact that there was this terrorist in town and a possible bomb th
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Suzanne Brockmann was born in 1960. Married with Ed Gaffney, a lawyer and published writer. They have two grown children: Melanie, who is a personal trainer and author, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer. They divide their time between Boston, Massachusetts, Sarasota, Florida and New York City.

Published since 1993, Suzanne is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in suspense romanc
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Other Books in the Series

Troubleshooters (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • The Defiant Hero (Troubleshooters, #2)
  • Over the Edge (Troubleshooters, #3)
  • Out of Control (Troubleshooters, #4)
  • Into the Night (Troubleshooters, #5)
  • Gone Too Far (Troubleshooters, #6)
  • Flashpoint (Troubleshooters, #7)
  • Hot Target (Troubleshooters, #8)
  • Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, #9)
  • Into the Storm (Troubleshooters, #10)
  • Force of Nature (Troubleshooters, #11)
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